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How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop

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Video: How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop

Hello, and welcome back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. And then, we're also going to load up some shapes.

How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop

Hello, and welcome back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley and this week I'm going to be showing you how to combine two vector shapes inside of Adobe Photoshop. Now, you might be thinking, wait a minute, I already know how to do that and it's actually pretty simple. And, you may be right but I'm betting the method I'm going to show you doesn't really line up with exactly what you're thinking about. Let's check it out. I'm going to create a brand new document here, File>New. And, I'm just going to chose something like one of the web presets 1024 by 768 works well. I'm going to come over and select the Custom Shape tool and we're going to go up and I'm just going to draw out something like this circle.

So, we'll do that first. And then, we're also going to load up some shapes. So, let's go and click this little button here. And we'll choose all shapes that way, we have all of them. I'll just choose Append so that it appends them. And then, I'm going to look for, a cool shape to put in the middle here. So, let's do something like the light bulb looks pretty good. So, you may be thinking that to add a shape to this, since I have the shape selected. I just hold down the Shift key and draw out the shape. And you would be absolutely correct. That is one way to combine two shapes into one.

As you can see, it's just one shape layer right there. But the problem is, we don't always encounter that and we're not always drawing these ourselves, so. What we may encounter is something like this. Let me undo that. And I'll just click away from the shape so nothing is selected. Then I'll re-select the Custom Shape tool and I'll just draw out a light bulb over that's an independent shape from that. So, what I'm going to do now, is just Cmd or Ctrl+click away from that, and then. Draw out a new shape. There we go. So, I've got shape two right there. So, you may get something from somebody, from a client, from another designer, whoever the case may be, where you get these two shapes and you need to combine them into one.

So, you Cmd or Ctrl+T them, and you put this here and then, your solution may be just to take these two and group them together or convert them into a smart object or whatever the case may be. But you can actually combine these into one shape. So, here's how you do it. First and foremost you need to familiarize yourself with this little guy right here, the Paths Selection tool. Need to make sure that you have the light bulb selected, or the circle selected, whichever one you want to choose as your shape that you're going to combine with the other one. Then I'm just going to copy this shape. Once I copy that shape, I'm going to select Shape 1, and I'm just going to paste into it.

That's all I did. Now I take this shape, and throw away Shape 2. Notice, they're all combined. It is one solid shape. I can double-click here, an change the color, and both of them change. They both also, if I use Cmd or Ctrl+T, scale, with one another, or they can scale independently. Totally up to you, which way to go with that. So, there you go. How to quickly and easily combine vector shapes, inside of Photoshop, to make your artwork a little bit more flexible, and a little bit more united, as well.

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
    2. How to send feedback
  2. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s
  4. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  5. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  6. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  8. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  9. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  10. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  11. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s

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